Every company has its own corporate training programs with a common goal in mind—for new employees to learn the basics of their tasks and for existing employees to improve their skills to benefit the company.
However, not all training programs are effective. As a result, some businesses have come up with solutions to provide more effective and engaging training programs for their employees. One of these methods is utilizing video games.
Benefits of Using Video Games for Corporate Tests and Training
One of the most obvious benefits of using video games in a training program is the trainees’ happiness. This creates a domino effect on employees’ learning retention and productivity. It also creates a more engaging training compared to simply watching videos and reading manuals.
Video games used for training programs are also customizable. Some game developers focus on creating video games specifically for corporate training. Companies provide their input on the content of the game to improve specific skills for their trainees.
For example, a simulation game with a storyline to improve managerial skills can help managers-in-training. The storyline could be based on a real-life situation the company has faced in the past, making the video game more relevant and useful to the trainee.
Incorporating video games in training is also a good way to connect with Millennial employees. Many companies may struggle with training Millennials for many reasons, including differences in work ethics and values. But since Millennials typically are more proficient in using technology, they are able to better connect to training programs that include video games.
Another benefit of particular importance in today’s COVID-19 world is that video games can help train employees remotely. The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to cause productivity issues in many businesses. It also has made traditional classroom training impossible for employees, leaving the door open for training via video games.
How to Incorporate Video Games in Training Programs
The first step is looking for a reliable developer that can create video games for corporate training programs. Custom video games may cost a lot, depending on the complexity of the game. Still, it’s a good investment, particularly for large companies with a massive workforce to train.
Many of these companies work with consultants. Corporate trainers can discuss with them the contents and other features of the game that will best fit in the training programs. After the completion of the game, the trainers or a few chosen employees should try it out. An open discussion about the game and its effects should take place, as well.
Next, consider where to insert the game in the training program. Should it go before lectures to gauge the employee’s skills? Is it best to use the video game after all the discussions? Testing different training programs with video game integration will ensure the best results.
There’s also a budget-friendly option of using pre-made video games and apps. Simulators are one of the best games to use for corporate training. They may not exactly resemble the trainee’s job in the company. But they can improve useful skills such as critical thinking and decision-making.
Brain training game apps such as Elevate and Lumosity, as suggested by Joy of Android, can enhance cognitive skills to help make employees continuously productive and effective.
Another factor to consider is how to deliver video games. Consoles, computers, and portable devices are all possible delivery methods. Also, consider augmented and virtual reality video games. Trainees can immerse themselves in a realistic setting where their skills will be put to the test. Of course, the effectiveness of this type of video game will depend on how well the game is engineered.
As the world progresses into a technology-oriented future, companies need to evolve their training methods to keep up with trends. New training methods likely will be a requirement for the next generation of employees. Business owners must have an open mind when it comes to adapting and utilizing advances in technology to survive in today’s constantly changing world.
Dan Martin has hands-on experience in digital marketing since 2007. He has been building teams and coaching others to foster innovation and solve real-time problems. Martin also enjoys photography and traveling.